1996 All-Anne Arundel County indoor track and field teams

March 12, 1996|By Steven Kivinski

Boys performer of the year

Toney Fowlkes, North County, Sr.: Fowlkes surprised everyone when he broke Derrick Love's records in the 300- and 500-meter dashes at the county meet. At the counties, he also ran part of the Knights' winning 800 and 1,600 relays. At the regional meet, Fowlkes won the 300, took second in the 500 and ran the anchor leg of the champion 800 and 1,600 relays. At the states, he had to settle for second place behind James Carter of Mervo in the 300; he was fifth in the 500 (1 minute, 08.4 seconds) and he was a part of the Knights' second-place 1,600 relay, running a 49.7 split for 400 meters. "I don't think anyone ever thought Derrick Love's records would be broken, especially by someone who is tall, like Toney [6-foot-4]," said coach Ed Harte. "The armory track is built for short people because of the sharp turns. Fowlkes is considering Alabama, Florida, Louisiana State and Tennessee.

Boys team at a glance

Jason Berger, South River, Sr.: Berger was the county's most consistent pole vaulter this season. He won the county pole vaulting title by clearing 13-feet, 6 inches, and he won the regionals by clearing 13 feet. At the state meet, he snapped a pole while attempting 13-6, but still claimed third with a vault of 13-0. He also finished first in the event at the Anne Arundel Relays, and he was third in a talented field at the National Guard Meet. "He is a very intelligent pole-vaulter," said his coach, Keith Bigelow. "It's a very technical event but he he he is able to digest all the things you need and put it all together."

Jon Carnes Broadneck, Sr.: Carnes won the 1,600 run at the county meet, before finishing second in the same event at regions and sixth at states. "I expect him to be a big asset for us as we try and repeat as state and region champs outdoors," said Bruins coach Jerry Kiple. "He works hard, he's dedicated and his mind set is that of a runner."

Kiki Ellis, North County, Jr.: Ellis was county, region and state champion in the 55 dash. His best dash time came at the regionals, where he won in 6.2 seconds. He also ran a leg of the Knights' 800 relay team that won the county and regions before being disqualified at states. He took third in the 300 at the county meet and was second in the 300 at regions. "He really improved coming out of the blocks," said Harte. "He worked on his start and that was the difference this year. He will only get faster."

Amiel Morris, Severna Park, Jr.: Morris was county and region champ in the 800 and he joined forces with Jamie Maitland, Scott Waite and Jimmy Traylor and captured county and regional titles in the 3,200 relay. "He improved remarkably from last season and he matured a lot as a racer," said Falcons coach Ed Purpura. "He won races from the front and by waiting and kicking at the end."

Damion Moss, Meade, Sr.: At the coun ty meet, Moss won the 55 hurdles and high jump, was second in the 55 dash and ran a leg of the Mustangs' third-place 800 relay team. He won the hurdles and was runner-up in the high jump and dash at regionals. At states, he won the high jump, took second in the hurdles and third in the dash. Moss topped off his senior indoor campaign by finishing sixth in the pentathlon at last weekend's national meet in Boston.

Chris Robey, Severna Park, Soph.: Robey overcame Nick

Gramsky of Northern of Calvert and emerged as region champ in the 3,200 after taking third in the same event at the county meet. He also finished second in the 1,600 at the county meet and he was seventh in the 1,600 at states. "He ran an unbelievable race at regions," said Coach Purpura. "He was nine seconds down with two laps to go and he just destroyed [Gramsky]. He doesn't panic when he gets in big races. He sits back and watches the race take place and then puts his kick to good use."

Adam Tryzbinski, Old Mill, Jr.: This 6-foot-9, 320-pounder helped Old Mill's boys win their 15th county and region titles by winning the shot put at both meets. His best toss of the year came at the National Guard Meet where he threw 47-7, only good enough for a sixth-place finish. He threw 46-8 at states and finished fourth. "He's just starting to come into his own," said Coach Marcus. "I think he realizes that he has a lot of potential in this sport and he loves what he's doing."

Malcolm Vaughn, Meade, Jr.: Vaughn finished second behind teammate Moss in the high jump and hurdles at the county meet before beating Moss in the high jump at regionals. He also ran a leg of Meade's 800 relay that finished second in the region, third in the county and fourth in the state and was part of a 1,600 relay team that finished third in the county. He jumped a personal best 6-4 at the Dickinson Invitational and he jumped the same height at the Eastern Regionals. "Between Damion and Malcolm, we took care of the hurdles and the high jump," said Meade coach Hayes Henderson. "They alternated winning all year long."

Girls performer of the year

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